Mike Colter Confirmed to Star in Marvel’s Netflix Series LUKE CAGE and Co-Star in A.K.A. JESSICA JONES

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Daredevil recently wrapped production, and Marvel is now gearing up for its next two Netflix superhero series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.  As we previously reported, Krysten Ritter will star in Jessica Jones and Mike Colter (The Good Wife) was in line to lead Luke Cage.  THR now confirms that Colter will play the enigmatic hero-for-hire, and will first co-star in A.K.A. Jessica Jones before moving to his own series.  Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have a romantic relationship in the comics, so it’s no surprise that the two series are being cast so close together considering the ties between the characters.

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Marvel and Netflix’s DAREDEVIL TV Series Wraps Production

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Following the new images from Daredevil we saw this weekend, executive producer and showrunner Steven DeKnight has tweeted that the upcoming series has wrapped production.  As we previously reported, DeKnight says that while Daredevil will be “grittier and edgier” than anything Marvel has done thus far, they’re still “not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity,” even thought Netflix gives its TV series the freedom to do so.  Daredevil will also be the second limited series for Marvel following this January’s Agent Carter.  However, unlike that series, Daredevil will remain on hiatus until the big crossover series, The Defenders, which won’t arrive until after Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist premiere, and none of those have even entered production yet, although Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are in the casting stage.

Hit the jump for DeKnight’s tweet and more on Daredevil TV series.  The series will premiere sometime in 2015.

New DAREDEVIL Netflix Show Images Reveal a Lawyer By Day, Superhero By Night

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A couple of new Daredevil Netflix show images have landed online, giving fans a new look at the upcoming limited series from Marvel and the streaming service.  Spartacus alum Steven S. DeKnight acts as showrunner on the upcoming series, though Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb (who also oversees Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Agent Carter) is still intimately involved in crafting Marvel’s first foray into Netflix territory.  In a new piece in EW, Loeb describes Daredevil as “a crime drama first, superhero show second”, and while DeKnight maintains that the series is certainly “grittier and edgier” than what Marvel has done before, the target audience remains all-encompassing so they’re “not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity.”

Check out the new Daredevil Netflix show images after the jump.  The series stars Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Toby Moore, Bob Gunton, Ayelet Zurer, and Vondie Curtis-HallDaredevil will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2015.

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER Miniseries Moving Forward at Netflix

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Netflix has two bona fide original series hits on its hands with House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, but the streaming service is also very much in the business of “adapting” existing IP.  Netflix gave us the fourth season of Arrested Development, it premiered the fourth and final season of The Killing, and it’s also home to the sixth season of The Clone Wars.  While it continues to develop its own original programming in-house (including The Wachowski SiblingsSense8 and a slate of Marvel shows), it appears that Netflix is set to continue another existing property: Wet Hot American Summer.  We heard earlier this year that discussions were taking place to produce a TV series continuation of David Wain’s star-studded 2001 cult comedy, and now word comes that Netflix is indeed moving forward with a sequel miniseries.  More after the jump.

MARCO POLO Review: Netflix’s New Show Is Utterly Pedestrian

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Basically Kublai Khan: The Show as told by the only non-Asian in the cast, Netflix’s dreadful Marco Polo is another in a long line of shows/films about an ‘ethnically different’ culture seen through the safe veneer of whiteness.  We’ve come full circle then in that Marco Polo and his “book” Marvels of the World may well be the originator of the white man in a foreign land that became the template for every mid 90s Ed Zwick film before now becoming its very own prestige Netflix show.  The snake has eaten its own tail indeed. It’s difficult though to get all gung-ho and worked up about a show this down right pedestrian. There’s a bit towards the end of the first episode that intercuts between Marco resisting the lure of a bevy of naked prostitutes and Marco’s Kung-Fu trainer battling the untoward advances of a rattlesnake, yes an actual rattlesnake — proof this show isn’t insidious, it’s just stupid.

My Marco Polo review after the jump.

Producer John Fusco Talks MARCO POLO, Hiring an Unknown Lead, Working With Netflix, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON 2, and More

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Based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s ornate court in 13th century China, the 10-episode Netflix original series Marco Polo is set in a world filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry.  Marco Polo (Lorenzo Richelmy) is a young Italian merchant who arrives in China with a father he barely knows, who then offers him to the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong) as a servant.  Captivated by the traveler’s way with words, Kublai Khan and Marco Polo develop a deep trust and bond that leads to many tales of adventure and legend.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, show creator/writer/executive producer John Fusco talked about why he was compelled to tell the story of Marco Polo, why Netflix was ultimately the perfect home for the show, the approach they decided to take with the material, having an unknown Italian actor in the lead role of such an epic series, and that there’s a treasure trove of material for possible future seasons.  He also talked about writing the sequel for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which will be available exclusively through Netflix and at IMAX theaters on August 28, 2015, basing it on the sequel to the source material, introducing a new generation of sword heroes and star-crossed lovers, the return of Michelle Yeoh, and bringing in Woo-ping Yuen as director.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Krysten Ritter to Lead Marvel’s Netflix Series JESSICA JONES; Mike Colter in Line for Luke Cage Role

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Marvel has found its next superhero, and it happens to be another television alum a la Chris Pratt.  A couple of weeks ago, a shortlist was unveiled of actresses that were in the mix to lead Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series Jessica JonesAlexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Krysten Ritter, and Jessica De Gouw were reported as being invited to test for the part, and now word comes that Breaking Bad alum Ritter has come away with the role.  This is the second in a series of four standalone Netflix shows that will lead to the Avengers-style team-up miniseries The Defenders, and in addition to the Jessica Jones casting, it appears that Marvel has zeroed in on its Luke Cage as well.  More after the jump.

[Update: Marvel has confirmed the casting as well as the official title for the show: Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones.]

Tina Fey’s NBC Comedy UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Moves to Netflix with Two-Season Commitment; Debuts in March 2015

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In addition to developing its own incredibly successful original series like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Netflix has also made a habit of either reviving long-dead shows (Arrested Development) or acquiring final seasons of soon-to-be-canceled/recently canceled series (Longmire, The Killing).  Now the network is adding a different kind of resurrection to its repertoire, as it has rescued a pilot from a major network.  NBC has been developing the comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for some time, and it’s been of interest because it was the first show that 30 Rock creator Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock developed after the end of that excellent series.  A pilot was shot and it was ordered straight-to-series, but NBC had yet to put it on either its fall or midseason schedule for this year, leading many (including myself) to wonder what had happened.

Well now it turns out that NBC has found a way to sort of pass on the series while also not killing it completely, as Netflix has made a two-season commitment to acquire the show.  More after the jump.

Netflix Picks Up LONGMIRE; Fourth Season Will Premiere In 2015

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Longmire wrapped up its third season earlier this year on A&E.  Apparently it wasn’t renewed at that time since Netflix has just announced that Longmire Season 4 is on the way.  The 10 episode arc is set to hit the streaming service in 2015 and will be produced in conjunction with Warner Horizon Television.

The contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, along with Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar GalacticaRiddick), Lou Diamond Phillips (SouthlandLa Bamba), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and Adam Bartley (Justified).   Hit the jump for more on Longmire Season 4.

Alexandra Daddario and More Up for Marvel’s JESSICA JONES Netflix Show; LUKE CAGE Contenders Revealed

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While production is currently underway on Marvel’s first Netflix series, Daredevil, the studio is now working on putting together its next show.  There will be four separate Netflix series in all, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, followed by an Avengers-style team-up miniseries called The Defenders.  The Jessica Jones show is next after Daredevil, and with Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight) onboard to spearhead the 13-episode drama, Marvel is currently testing actresses to lead the series.  Moreover, Luke Cage is poised to make his first appearance in 6-7 episodes of Jessica Jones, so testing for that character is underway as well.

Find out which familiar names are up for the roles after the jump.

Full-Length Trailer for New Netflix Series MARCO POLO Is Light on Pooltime Horseplay

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Netflix has unveiled the full-length Marco Polo trailer after the first teaser debuted online a few weeks ago.  The new original series follows the titular explorer’s adventures throughout the 13th century in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire.  Acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador, and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East, resulting in a story filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue, and rivalry.  While this trailer once again teases the massive scope and gorgeous landscapes of the show (Kon-Tiki and Pirates 5 helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed the first two episodes), there are some more character-centric shots that are less impressive.  Regardless, I’m curious to see if Netflix’s first “large-scale period epic” original series is a success.

Check out the new Marco Polo trailer after the jump.  The series stars Lorenzo RichelmyBenedict WongJoan ChenChin HanZhu ZhuOlivia ChengClaudia KimMahesh JaduTom WuRemy HiiUli Latukefu, and Rick Yune.  The 10-episode first season of Marco Polo will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix starting December 12th.

BLOODLINE Images: Netflix’s Upcoming New Series Featuring Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard

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The very first teaser trailer for Netflix’s new original series Bloodline hit a couple of weeks ago and while it did feature a Kyle Chandler voiceover, we didn’t get a single glimpse of any of the main characters.  We don’t have additional footage to share just yet, but Netflix did release six new Bloodline images featuring Chandler as John Rayburn, Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn, Linda Cardellini as Meg Rayburn, Sam Shepard as Robert Rayburn and Sissy Spacek as Sally Rayburn.

Add Norbert Leo Butz’s Kevin Rayburn and Jacinda Barrett’s Diana Rayburn to the list and you get the full Rayburn clan, a close-knit group that’s rattled when the black sheep brother (Mendelsohn) returns home, exposing family secrets and scars.  Bloodline will be released in March 2015 and also stars Jamie McShane and Enrique Murciano.

Lemony Snicket’s A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Coming to Netflix as an Original Series

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With the smashing success of House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, it’s clear that Netflix can produce high quality original content.  However, now the streaming service is expanding its scope as it looks to reach younger viewers as well as adults with its original series output.  THR reports that Netflix has acquired the rights to produce a TV series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, a series of best-selling novels published between 1999 and 2006 by author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket).  The books follow the lives of three children after their parents’ death in a house fire, as they were subsequently placed in the custody of their nefarious cousin/uncle Count Olaf, who plotted to steal their inheritance.  After they were taken out of his care, he continued to hunt the children down, resulting in the titular series of events.  More after the jump.

MARCO POLO Trailer Teases Swordplay and a Massive Scale for Netflix’s Biggest Series Yet

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Netflix has released the first Marco Polo trailer for its upcoming historical drama series.  The show follows the explorer’s adventures throughout the 13th century in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire.  Acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador, and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East, resulting in a story filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue, and rivalry.  The show was created and written by John Fusco (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron), and Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) directed the first two episodes.  This trailer certainly teases a massive scope, as this appears to be Netflix’s biggest original series yet.  There’s also plenty of sex and violence, but I’m most struck by the impressive visuals.  Indeed, the drama was shot on location in Italy, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia.

Watch the first Marco Polo trailer after the jump.  The series stars Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Chin Han, Zhu Zhu, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Mahesh Jadu, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, and Rick Yune.  The 10-episode first season of Marco Polo will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix starting December 12th.

BLOODLINE Teaser Trailer: Netflix’s Upcoming Original Series Promises Darkness and Burning Boats

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Netflix has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming original series Bloodline.  Per the logline, “Set in the Florida Keys, Bloodline centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.”  That’s a solid premise, but it becomes a must-see when you have a cast that includes Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek.  This teaser trailer is incredibly brief, but it immediately conveys the show’s presumably dark and brooding tone.

Hit the jump to check out the Bloodline teaser trailer.  The series will premiere all 13 episodes in March 2015.

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